An Idealistic Pragmatism: The Development of the Pragmatic by Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)

By Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)

When I first turned accustomed to the concept of the yankee philoso­ pher Josiah Royce, elements rather intrigued me. the 1st used to be Royce's declare that the inspiration of group was once his major metaphysical guiding principle; the second one used to be his shut organization with the 2 American pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James. concerning the first issue, i used to be struck via the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 may still emphasize an issue of such modern value not just in philosophy yet in such a lot of different important fields to boot (sociology, psychology, politics, theology - to call just a few). in regards to the moment, i used to be curious to whether the pragmatism of Peirce and James may have motivated Royce throughout the process their expert and private contacts. equally, I questioned no matter if the idealism of Royce may need affected the concept of Peirce and James. To have appeased my interest in regard to all 3 thinkers, even though, might have required (at least) 3 books. As a commence i've got now appeased it in regard to at least one. In studying the writings of Royce i discovered my option to the Houghton Library and to the files of Harvard collage at Cambridge, Massa­ chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved. (No modifying task has but been performed in this bulk of fabric, even though such would definitely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.

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A. RAP, 331. cr. RAP, 300. RAP, 324. RAP, 299. RAP,331. a. section A supra. THE EARLY ROYCE treatment of verification. Like his pragmatist contemporaries, Royce endorses the verification process as an empirical means of testing the truth of our assertions through the consequences that follow upon them. Besides maintaining with James that verifiability is more practkal than verification in most situations, Royce also asserts that verification is at times impractical and/or impossible. Basing his claim on experience, Royce argues that verifiability is an insufficient truth criterion because certain of our judgments are by nature unverifiable.

In these darker areas which are much of life, he lives with faith. A believing life constitutes the actualized clarification of his concepts. At best one lives therein with confidence, sometimes with the added joy of being able to communicate that confidence to others. 16 Nowhere does Royce suggest that our believing is to go unchallenged or uncriticized. For one so appreciative of the speculative endeavor such an 13 u 1,2. Vol. 55, "1878 Notes," 8. , 10. Cf. Aristotle's "basic premises" as he describes these in Posterior Analytics 15 Josiah Royce, "The Intention of the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus, being an Investigation in the Dept.

The universal creed he thus endorses would be of a nature to demand acceptance from all men. It would be the one faith opposed to the many opinions, and certain to conquer them. It would be the one reaIitythat could wait for ages for a discoverer. 19 In a sense, Royce has claimed to be the discoverer of that one reality through his ideal of truth which is the Absolute. "20 In forceful terms we are reminded of our responsibility to believe selflessly as well as critically: You may not, you dare not, if it is your vocation, to think at all - you dare not accept a faith simply for the satisfaction it gives you.

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